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Violence breaks out at Tshwane council sitting

It’s understood ANC councillors disrupted proceedings questioning the legitimacy of a DA member’s appointment.

FILE: ANC members in full voice at the Tshwane Council Chambers. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The sitting of the Tshwane council has been disrupted after violence erupted when African National Congress councillors demanded the removal of the head of the council's chairpersons.

It's understood the official opposition in the Tshwane council disrupted proceedings earlier questioning the legitimacy of the appointment of a Democratic Alliance member into the position.

Earlier, a group of protesters tried to gain entry into the chambers but were barred leading to a scuffle between them and the Tshwane metro police.

The sitting is expected to resume this afternoon.

Acting mayoral spokesperson Tshwane Matthew Gerstner said, "Council was disrupted for a significant amount of time today which only delays the business of the council, it delays the progress we are intending to make in the city and it delays the city's ability to deliver on our mandate when the business of council is delayed like this."